Takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic…
With an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby, both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop; even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try.
The Backyard Blacksmith shows you how–with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques–blacksmithing can be easy to learn and a rewarding hobby. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, as well as an interesting mix of artful projects, such as letter openers, door knockers, and botanical ornaments.
Detailed step-by-step full-color exercises teach all the universal skills and techniques used to forge iron; like having a master blacksmith by your side.
Provides the reader with an understanding of the properties and characteristics of forging hot metal, making the craft accessible to those without previous experience.
More than 20 beautiful and functional projects organized by level of difficulty allow new blacksmiths to progress at their own pace, and master the skills they learned in earlier chapters.